Throwback Thursday: Panic by Lauren Oliver (2014)

In honor of the new Amazon Prime series based on this book… High school graduates in Carp, New York have an unusual tradition.  Each summer the recently matriculated seniors have the opportunity to participate in a Fear Factor style “game” in which the winner (and there can be only one) takes home a pot ofContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Panic by Lauren Oliver (2014)”

Old Friends and New Fancies an Imaginary Sequel to the Novels of Jane Austen by Sybil G. Brinton

This 1913 title lays claim to being the first Austen fan fiction. Brinton wrote no other novels and this one attempts to continue the stories of many characters from Austen novels all in one book, with Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park as the most well represented, though the other four also populate her story.Continue reading “Old Friends and New Fancies an Imaginary Sequel to the Novels of Jane Austen by Sybil G. Brinton”

Throwback Thursday: Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty (2013)

What happens when a woman makes one spectacularly bad choice?  In Yvonne Carmichael’s case it leads to several other spectacularly bad choices and she ends up accused and on trial at the Old Bailey.  I have read several other reviews of this book and many people seem to think Yvonne is unbalanced or unbelievable, butContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty (2013)”

Thrillers: Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell and The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Both of these thrillers are worth reading–even if they aren’t totally surprising, they do contain plenty of suspense, some misdirection, and the writing is just so good. Invisible Girl is a tale told from multiple points of view which features a central mystery about a series of sexual assaults and how all the characters areContinue reading “Thrillers: Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell and The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz”

Agent Sonya by Ben MacIntyre

Ben MacIntyre has written several books about World War II and Cold War spies.  They are all excellent and Agent Sonya does not disappoint.  MacIntyre has a talent for finding intriguing stories about real people in extraordinary situations.  Sonya, real name Ursula Kuczynski,  worked for the Soviets beginning in the 1920s in China and continuingContinue reading “Agent Sonya by Ben MacIntyre”

Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Joy. Pain. Choices. Love. Family. Secrets. In her second novel, Sweeney does it again.  She shows us a family; she shows us ourselves; she shows us an imperfect world with imperfect people who somehow manage to love each other and mean it.  When Flora finds Julian’s wedding ring in an old filing cabinet, the ringContinue reading “Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney”